Have you been getting enough sleep… or too much? In either case, your risk of heart disease may be increased.
Arterial stiffness and calcium buildup are two critical warning signs of heart disease. A recent study found that adults who slept fewer than five hours each night had 50% more calcium in their coronary arteries than their counterparts who slept seven hours. Similarly, those who slept nine or more hours per night had 70% more coronary calcium than those who slept seven hours. Not only is duration of sleep important – quality is, too!
The findings also carried across for arterial stiffness; poor quality sleep, too much and too little sleep all contributed to an increased risk in heart disease.
While sleep isn’t the only thing affecting your health, it is very important to all aspects of normal body functioning. For more information, read the complete article here.
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